'''Daniel Defoe''' (; c. 166024 April 1731),
[According to Paul Duguid in [http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1405/1323 "Limits of self organization"], ''First Monday'' (11 September 2006): "Most reliable sources hold that the date Defoe's his birth was uncertain and may have fallen in 1659 or 1661. The day of his death is also uncertain."]
born '''Daniel Foe''', was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer
, and spy, most famous for his novel ''Robinson Crusoe
''. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain and with others such as Samuel Richardson
, and thus is among the founders of the English novel
. He was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. He was also...